December 01, 2008

 

 Election results are in for veterinarian-legislators - December 1, 2008

 

More winners than losers, while some have chosen
to leave office
 

posted November 15, 2008
 

An Oregon veterinarian was elected to Congress Nov. 4, and at least 18 veterinarians fought for seats in state legislatures. Several other veterinarians did not seek re-election to legislative offices.

 

U.S. Congress

Dr. Kurt Schrader (IL '77) of Canby, Ore., won the election for Oregon's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrat will be serving his first term in Congress. He has been a member of the Oregon Senate since 2003 and was a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 1997-2003. See page 1675 for an interview with Dr. Schrader.   

Florida

Dr. Elton Gissendanner (GA '55) of Lake Placid, Fla., lost the election for the 77th District of the Florida House of Representatives. The Democrat served as mayor of North Miami from 1963-1967 and 1969-1971 and was a Florida House representative from 1967-1968.  

Georgia

Dr. Eugene Maddox (GA '59) of Cairo, Ga., was re-elected in an unopposed bid for the 172nd District of the Georgia House of Representatives. The Republican will be serving his second term.  

Kansas

Dr. Steve Abrams (KSU '77) of Arkansas City, Kan., won election for the 32nd District of the Kansas State Senate. The Republican will be serving his first term.   

Missouri

Dr. Dan Brown (MO '77) of Rolla, Mo., won election to the 149th District of the Missouri House of Representatives. The Republican will be serving his first term.
 

Dr. Charles Dake (KSU '66), a Democrat from Miller, Mo., lost a race for the 132nd District of the Missouri House of Representatives.  

Montana

Dr. Krayton Kerns (COL '83), a Republican from Laurel, Mont., narrowly defeated Dr. Donald "Doc" Woerner (COL '68), a Democrat from Laurel, to represent the 58th District of the Montana House of Representatives. Dr. Kerns is the incumbent.   

New Hampshire

Dr. Jim Rausch (MSU '72) of Derry, N.H., won re-election in a race for the 5th District of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The Republican will be serving his fifth term.
 

Dr. Roger Wells (OKL '65) of Hampstead, N.H., was re-elected in a race for the 8th District of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The Republican will be serving his third term.  

Oklahoma

Dr. Phil Richardson (OKL '67), a Republican from Minco, Okla., was elected in an unopposed race for the 56th District of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. 
 

Dr. Lee Denney (OKL '78) of Cushing, Okla., was re-elected in a race for the 33rd District of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The Republican will serve her third term.

Dr. Brian Renegar (OKL '76) of McAlester, Okla., was re-elected in an unopposed bid for the 17th District of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The Democrat will serve his second term.  

Oregon

Dr. Doug Whitsett (WSU '68) of Klamath Falls, Ore., was re-elected in an uncontested race for the 20th District of the Oregon Senate. The Republican will be serving his second term.  

Texas

Dr. Charles "Doc" Anderson (TEX '81) of Waco, Texas, won re-election to the 56th District of the Texas House of Representatives. The Republican will be serving his third term. 
 

Dr. Jimmie Don Aycock (TEX '70) of Killeen, Texas, won re-election to the 54th District of the Texas House. The Republican will be serving his second term.  

Utah

Dr. John Mathis (COL '81) of Vernal, Utah, won re-election to the 55th District of the Utah House of Representatives. The Republican will be serving his third term. 

 

Washington

Dr. Kathy Haigh (OSU '76) of Shelton, Wash., won re-election to the 35th District of the Washington House of Representatives. The Democrat will be serving her sixth term.  

Wisconsin

Dr. Jake Hines (OSU '53) of Oxford, Wis., lost re-election to the 42nd District of the Wisconsin State Assembly. The Republican served three full terms and one partial term.

Leaving office  

Dr. Robert Jackman (PUR '67) of Milroy, Ind., did not seek re-election for his seat with the 42nd District of the Indiana State Senate. The Republican served three terms.

 

Dr. Shawn Webster (OSU '73) of Hamilton, Ohio, did not run for re-election in the 53rd District of the Ohio House of Representatives. The Republican is ending his fourth term, the maximum allowed because of term limits.

Dr. Bob Bastian (UP '63) of Friedens, Pa., is retiring this month from representing the 56th district in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Republican served five terms.

Dr. Wayne Allard (COL '68), of Loveland, Colo., did not seek re-election for his U.S. Senate seat representing Colorado. The Republican served two terms in the Senate. (See interview in JAVMA, Nov. 15, 2008, page 1519).